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Phenomenal Woman: Donna R. Payne

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For close to twenty years Donna worked for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), most recently as the Associate Director of Field Outreach/Diversity. She has advocated for LGBT legislative priorities, such as Marriage Equality and the Employment Non Discrimination Act by building relationships in people of color communities. Her work has successfully created visibility for LGBT people of color nationally. We are the link in understanding and changing the world dynamics around the conversation. Be proud of you and own all parts of you, and the world will have to adapt because you are significant. I must see – and we all must see, reflections of ourselves in fighting for LGBT rights.“ Donna Payne continues to serve as a Member of the Board of NBJC, and also serves as a Board member of Global Diversity & Inclusion Foundation (GDIF), and as a Member of the Metropolitan Community Church, of Washington, DC. She was named by “Root.com” as one of Top Twenty Black LGBT Movers and Shakers in 2012, and received the National Action Network Woman of Excellence Award, also in 2012. Donna Payne is the author of “Pocket Guide to having Difficult Conversations about LGBT Discrimination,” designed to educate and empower anyone fighting discrimination and bullying. As she prepares to embark on the next journey of her remarkable life, Donna talks about the lessons learns and challenges still on the horizon for the LGBTQ community. 

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